- Stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that involves repeated (two or more occasions) visual or physical proximity, nonconsensual communication, or verbal, written, or implied threats, or a combination thereof, that would cause a reasonable person fear.
- Stalking behaviors include defaming character, use of Internet and e-mail (cyberstalking) to harass and spread rumors about an individual, damaging or threatening to damage one’s property and following or laying in wait for an individual.
- Stalking is a crime under law in the state of Illinois.
- 13% of college women were stalked during one 6-9 month period.
- 80% of campus stalking victims knew their stalkers.
- 3 in 10 college women reported being injured emotionally or psychologically from being stalked.
Source: Fisher, Cullen and Turner. (2000). “The Sexual Victimization of College Women,” NIJ/BJS.
For more information: Visit the Stalking Resource Center, National Center for Victims of Crime.
Responding to Stalking
What can I do if I think I’m being stalked?
- Develop a safety plan to reduce the risk of harm.
- Let someone know (i.e., friends, family, Women’s Center, your CA, your Dean, the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, the Sexual Harassment Prevention Office)
- Keep a log of all stalking behaviors including e-mails, text and phone messages. Also, keep any letters or gifts you have received. The log and any other items can be used for evidence.
- Report online harassment to NUIT. See the NUIT Online Harassment Policy.
- Inform Northwestern University Police Department or your nearest police department.
- Apply for an Order of Protection.
- Rely on trusting people including friends and family for support.
- Seek counseling for support: the Women’s Center and CAPS offer counseling.